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Ptolemy II

Egyptian, Classical, Ancient Near Eastern Art

The Ptolemies, a family of Greek-speaking kings who ruled Egypt after Alexander’s death, supported and encouraged Egyptian religion, including the practice of making animal mummies. Royal regulations ensuring the honest manufacture of animal mummies were written and enforced by these kings.

Here, Ptolemy II is portrayed as an Egyptian king wearing the nemes-headcloth. Though they themselves were ethnic Greeks, the Ptolemies adopted Egyptian culture.
MEDIUM Limestone
DATES 285–246 B.C.E.
PERIOD Ptolemaic Period
DIMENSIONS 17 15/16 × 14 × 8 1/4 in., 64 lb. (45.6 × 35.6 × 21 cm, 29.03kg)  (show scale)
CREDIT LINE Charles Edwin Wilbour Fund
CATALOGUE DESCRIPTION One votive bust of the Ptolemaic King. Conventional for its type. The king is shown with broadly modelled features. The brow is broad and flat with orbital ridges shown as straight lines, curving down at the edges of the orbit. The eyes are set fairly shallow and swollen lids with thin plastic cosmetic lines are evident. The eyes themselves well outwards. No cosmetic lines are present beneath them. On either side of the root of the nose we see the deepest impression of the sockets themselves. The cheeks are not very prominent and are broadly modelled. The nose springs from the deep intrusion of the sockets and ends with no specific budges in a broad manner. It is slightly upturned. No real philtrum is present but there are rudimentary nostrils are wide and flaring. The lips are broad with upturned ends and deep corners. The chin is weak: the ears are placed high on the head. The head is framed by a broad nemes the lappets of which are pleated. The back of the bust is flat and marked with a grid. Condition: Edges of nemes much chipped, the left side more so than the right. The tip of the left ear is missing. A portion of the right ear has been chipped off and restored. The entire face is pitted and battered, the forehead and uraeus being much battered. The back is somewhat damaged as is the support of the bust itself. No traces of any pigments.
MUSEUM LOCATION This item is not on view
CAPTION Ptolemy II, 285–246 B.C.E. Limestone, 17 15/16 × 14 × 8 1/4 in., 64 lb. (45.6 × 35.6 × 21 cm, 29.03kg). Brooklyn Museum, Charles Edwin Wilbour Fund, 37.37E. Creative Commons-BY (Photo: , 37.37E_PS9.jpg)
IMAGE overall, 37.37E_PS9.jpg., 2018
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